MIGHTEE SHERO /MĪDĒ/ /ˈSHIRŌ/: A FIERCE HEROINE WHO IS A BEACON OF FEMALE EMPOWERMENT.
The global V-Day movement is devoted to materializing this mission. Acting troupes generally perform Ensler’s play to benefit rape crisis centers and shelters for women. But, one group, Mightee Shero Productions, recently ventured into another form of shelters for both women and men: prisons.
THE new york times
"Producer Elyse Sholk wrote that the performance 'affirmed a core belief that drove us to assemble our powerhouse cast in the first place: formerly incarcerated women, professional actresses, and activists are well-positioned to leverage their art and activism to affirm and remind us all that women in prison matter'."
"Before the performance, the two dozen men at the Queensboro Correctional Facility, a prison that prepares inmates to re-enter society, did not know what to expect of the show. Then, after the sounds of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” faded away, the show was introduced with a resounding: 'Who has used the word vagina?'."
Elizabeth Mackintosh (Co-Founder and Executive Producer) is a producer, storyteller, and advocate. After graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Theater from Montclair State University, Elizabeth worked both regionally and internationally as an actor and voice over artist. She holds a certificate in classical theater from the British American Drama Academy at Oxford and recently relocated to Los Angeles, where she works in development at Sony Pictures Television. When she's not in the office, Elizabeth devotes her time to supporting women and queer filmmakers and volunteering as a certified sexual assault advocate at Strength United. In 2013, Elizabeth was selected as a Next Generation Leader by The Women in the World Foundation for co-founding the V-Day MSU campaign, which has raised over $25,000 for local charities working to end violence against women and girls.
Elyse Sholk (Co-Founder and Executive Producer) is a producer and lifelong educator. She was the General Manager and a Producer of A Brooklyn Boy, a one-man spoken word show that was profiled in The New York Times (‘Onstage in Manhattan Again, but He Still Has the Prince’s Number’) and ran in the East Village and at the Hollywood Fringe. Elyse is a graduate of Theater Resources Unlimited’s (TRU) Producer Development & Mentorship Program, and has produced readings of new plays and musicals as part of the TRU Voices Reading Series. She served as a 2011 Teach For America (TFA) corps member in Philadelphia where she received TFA’s Regional Transformational Teaching Award for her impact inside and outside of the classroom. Elyse currently works in investment banking covering Communications and Media companies. B.S. and M.B.A., The Wharton School. M.S.Ed. Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania.
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